Partial Permanent Disability Lawyer
If you have reached the end of your healing period but have been diagnosed with a permanent impairment as a result of your work injury, you may be eligible for permanent partial disability (PPD). However, it is possible you will face difficulty in completing this workers’ compensation claim even if you have filed other claims in the past related to this same injury. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced partial permanent disability lawyer in St. Louis.
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It is imperative you choose a skilled workers’ comp attorney to assist with the issues you face with a PPD claim. Partial permanent disability attorney Patrick O’Brien has helped with numerous workers’ compensation cases of all severities for several decades and will fight to have your claim taken seriously by the courts.
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Before you receive your disability rating, which is what entitles you to certain benefits, a doctor will perform a thorough exam to apply the rating based on his/her knowledge and experience with injuries. It is important to note that the doctor’s rating is based on that doctor’s opinion only, and is not binding. If you do not agree with the rating from your doctor, you can go to another doctor for a second opinion. If you feel you aren’t being heard, you may want to consider enlisting the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who does work as a partial permanent disability lawyer to protect the rights of people like you whose lives have been affected by work-related injuries.
If you do have a diagnosis of permanent partial disability (PPD) and your work injury impedes your ability to perform on the job as you did before the injury took place, you may be able to work at some other job. For example, if you work in a factory and your work injury impedes your ability to be in a job where you stand for a long time or do repetitive tasks, you might be able to work in an administrative role of some sort where more sitting is involved.
In Missouri, PPD benefits are typically paid in a lump sum. The formula followed for calculating PPD benefits is as follows:
- Part 1: Determinations Based on Body Part Injured – The Missouri legislature relies on a “body chart” with determinations based on what part of the body has been injured. Some parts receive a different number of weeks or units based on the injury. For instance, injuring a finger results in fewer weeks or units compared to a whole hand or a “whole body” injury.
- Part 2: Percentage of PPD Related to Injured Body Part – This part of the formula uses a percentage (e.g. 5%, 10%, 25%, etc.) to calculate what you receive.
- Part 3: Compensation Rate – In general, you will receive 2/3 of your average weekly wage which does not exceed, at the time of this writing, 55% of the state average weekly wage (“SAWW”).
Each of the numbers that come from the above formulas is multiplied together to determine the PPD benefit to be paid out. So, the formula is as follows:
Weeks assigned to the injured body part x percentage of disability relative to the injury x compensation rate
Although the formula is straightforward, other factors can impact your PPD benefit and complicate your case. For example, the PPD benefit can impact Social Security and Medicare benefits, so it is important to involve an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to expedite your case.
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